About Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching
My role as a Coach differs from that of a Therapist.
Both serve a vital purpose in recovery!
Working with a Coach
“What’s NEXT and HOW?”
Coach and clients are on a peer basis.
Trained to work with functioning clients.
Goals designed by coach and client together.
Focuses on evolving and creating potential.
Emphasises on present and future.
Action and solution oriented.
Explores actions and behaviors that manifest high self-esteem.
Coaches negative self-beliefs as challenges.
Does not diagnose or treat.
Holds accountability between sessions as important.
Stresses availabilty between sessions.
Uses coaching skills. Views clients as a whole being on a journey.
Working with a Therapist
“What’s in the PAST and WHY?”
Trained to work with major mental illness.
Hierarchical difference between therapist and clients.
Treatment plan largely designed by therapist.
Focuses on healing and understanding.
Emphasises on past and present.
Insight and problem oriented.
Explores origin of behaviors that create low self-esteem.
Analyzes and treat origins of negative self-beliefs.
Diagnoses and treats.
Accountability less commonly expected.
Contact between sessions for crisis and difficulties only.
Uses therapy techniques. Views client from a medical model.
What do Therapists and Dietitians have to say?
Thank you, Sarah. I had this profound feeling of acceptance from our sessions. Acceptance of my body image, acceptance of eating habits, and acceptance of my feelings when I feel them. That is what I took away. I’m looking at food in a whole new light. I appreciate you helping with that mindset!!!
"My daughter got to meet with her recovery coach, Sarah Lee, only a handful of times before needing to be hospitalized for anorexia. Prior to the hospitalization, Sarah worked closely with my daughter's PCP and therapist, and upon my daughter's admittance to the hospital, Sarah was an invaluable resource for the team, sharing her insights and information. For me personally, Sarah was instrumental in helping me come to terms with the urgency of my daughter's state, which I am certain saved her life. As openings in programs were scarce and our insurance was not accepted widely, Sarah put in many hours reaching out to and connecting me with professionals at eating disorder treatment facilities until we found one that could take my daughter. She also stayed in touch with me regularly, checking up on my daughter's progress and offering understanding and encouragement to me, and guidance when I asked for it. The care, wisdom, and compassion she offered was, to use a food term, nourishing. Upon my daughter's completion of the hospitalization component, Sarah was right there, ready with a plan of action, which began with meal support during the critical time when my daughter was having her first meals at home during partials. In those early days, relapse seemed to always be a refused meal or a secret purge away, but Sarah helped my daughter push through by focusing on the basics: real relationship, goal setting, accountability, a lot of recognizing and encouraging of the healthy self, checking in often, and offering light, fun conversation while eating together. An essential component of this was always sharing observations with me so that we could work as a team. Sarah even comes to family meals a couple of times a month and sits around the table with us, while supporting my daughter. When my daughter started a new school, Sarah offered support via texts during her lunches, set up goals, and had my daughter send her pictures of her meals. Because Sarah is recovered herself, she understands the disordered thinking acutely and, in a masterly way that is both gentle and firm, gets right to the heart of the matter. I am absolutely certain that my daughter would not be where she is today without coaching. The meal support, goal setting, accountability, and communication have all been crucial to get her over the inevitable humps and back on the road to whole health quickly."
"It’s hard to think where I would be right now if I hadn’t met my Sarah. As a more introverted person, I never once felt uncomfortable during my sessions and it was like a sense of freedom that I had nowhere else. Sarah showed me steps on how I could aim higher for recovery, it really helped me understand truly what an eating disorder was, and how I could beat it. It’s something I’m so grateful for."
"Sarah is so inspiring and made me see my body in a beautiful new way. She understood me and my challenges making it comfortable to talk about anything. I feel so blessed I found her. For the first time in my life I can actually say I love ME."
"Sarah Lee is one of the most amazing people that have come into my life. I am only 14, but she is one the my biggest blessings to me. She has taught me that food is not something to be afraid of. She's also helped with my body image so much. I would recommend her any day of the week because she is just one of the nicest and genuine people I've ever met and always is thoughtful of you and thanks to her I'm fully recovered. I don't know where I would be without her!!"